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    The global death toll from coronavirus surpassed 713,000 on Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The total number of cases has topped 19 million worldwide.

    Many areas in Europe, Asia, Australia, and America are re-imposing pandemic restrictions, while some nations are reinstating travel bans and considering lockdown policies amid the rising numbers of infected worldwide. The coronavirus tally is spiking in Central and South America, including Colombia, Peru, Argentina, and Mexico.

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    • 03:26

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Argentina Rises by Record 7,513 to 228,195 – Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentina has confirmed 7,513 new cases of the coronavirus across the country within the past 24 hours marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, with the total number of people infected with COVID-19 having reached 228,195, the national Ministry of Health said.

      A day earlier, Argentina recorded 7,147 new COVID-19 cases and 127 fatalities.

      "Today, 7,513 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of [COVID-19] positive tests in the country to 228,195", the ministry said in a daily bulletin on late Thursday.

      The death toll has increased by 147 to 4,251 people within the same period of time.

    • 02:59

      South Korea Registers 20 New Cases of COVID-19, One New Death Over Past 24 Hours - KCDC

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Germany has confirmed 1,147 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 214,214, the Robert Koch Institute said on Friday.

      The death toll has grown by eight to 9,183 people within the same period of time. More than 195,000 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 1,045 new coronavirus cases and seven fatalities.

    • 02:53

      Germany Reports 1,147 New Cases of Coronavirus - Robert Koch Institute

    • 02:24

      South Korea Will Lift Ban on Travellers From China's Hubei Province Starting on Monday - Report

    • 02:23

      Australia's State of Victoria Reports 450 New Cases of COVID-19, 11 New Deaths

    • 02:03

      Worldwide Number of COVID-19 Cases Surpasses 19 Million - Johns Hopkins University

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The worldwide number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed 19 million, Johns Hopkins University says.

      The exact number of the coronavirus cases stood at 19,007,938 as of 02:00 GMT on Friday. More than 713,000 people have died of the disease, the university added.

    • 02:02

      US Coronavirus Death Toll Rises Above 160,000 - Johns Hopkins University

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in the United States, has surpassed 160,000, Johns Hopkins University says.

      The exact death toll stood at 160,090 as of 02:00 GMT on Friday. The United States has confirmed 4,881,974 coronavirus cases, with 1,598,624 people recovered.

    • 00:51

      Mainland China Reports 37 New Cases of Coronavirus

    • 00:43

      Mexico's Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 50,000 - Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 819 to 50,517 within the past 24 hours, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said.

      He also said on late Thursday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 6,590 to 462,690 within the same period of time.

      More than 308,000 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak in Mexico.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation recorded 6,139 new cases of the coronavirus, with 829 fatalities.

    • 22:08

      Brazil's Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 98,000 - Health Ministry

    • 21:58

      Global Number of COVID-19 Deaths Exceeds 700,000 - WHO

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated the overall number of coronavirus cases globally at 18,614,177, with 702,642 people dead from the disease.

      The UN health agency said in the situation report published on late Thursday that 259,344 new cases had been recorded in the past day, while further 6,488 patients had died.

      Americas continue to lead the count with over 9.98 million cases, followed by Europe with more than 3.4 million.

    • 20:58

      Coronavirus Cases Top 1 Mln in Africa, Reuters Tally Says

    • 16:06

      Another 12 Patients Diagnosed With Coronavirus Die in Moscow - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has registered 12 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 4,546, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Thursday.

      "Another 12 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", the centre said.

      In the previous day, 13 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

    • 13:56

      Basque Country Health Minister Says Region Experiencing COVID-19 Second Wave, Reports Suggest

      MOSCOW(Sputnik) - The Basque Country in Spain is currently experiencing a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak due to a surge in new cases, the health minister of the autonomous region, Nekane Murga, said on Thursday, as reported by El Pais newspaper.

      Speaking at a press conference, Murga said that the region is “in the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak,” adding that this has been caused by a “significant rise” in positive tests over recent days, as quoted by the newspaper.

      The regional health official urged residents to adhere to social distancing regulations and wear protective facial coverings at all times. According to the newspaper, 338 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in the Basque Country over the preceding 24 hours.

      A surge in new coronavirus disease cases has been observed in Spain since the government lifted the bulk of the lockdown measures in late June. On Wednesday, the country’s Health Ministry registered 1,772 new positive tests, a significant rise from the 1,178 new cases registered the day before.

      Local governments in Spain have begun imposing regional lockdowns in areas that have shown an uptick in cases. In July, self-isolation measures were reintroduced for two weeks in the city of Lleida, in north-eastern Catalonia, amid a new outbreak of the disease.

    • 13:20

      Tokyo Governor Urges Residents to Refrain From Leaving Capital Due to COVID-19, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko on Thursday asked city residents not to visit other Japanese prefectures during the summer holiday season as the coronavirus infection rate has increased recently, the NHK broadcaster reported.

      According to Yuriko, the COVID-19 outbreak in Tokyo is still challenging, and city residents should stay on alert. The governor also urged people not to dine out amid the health crisis.

      During the summer, many Tokyo residents usually visit their relatives in other parts of Japan, However, the authorities have recommended family members to stay connected online this year.

      The Japanese capital has been reporting over 200 new cases per day since late July. On Thursday, Tokyo’s COVID-19 tally increased by 360 and reached 14,645. Overall, Japan has so far confirmed over 44,000 coronavirus cases, nearly 29,000 recoveries and more than 1,000 deaths.

    • 13:17

      German Health Minister Shrugs Off Second Coronavirus Wave Claim

      BERLIN (Sputnik) - German Health Minister Jens Spahn appeared on Thursday to downplay the warning that the country was in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the health care system's ability to cope was what really mattered.

      Susanne Johna, president of the doctors' association called Marburger Bund, said on Tuesday that Germans were already in the middle of a second wave and risked squandering the early success by flouting social distancing rules.

      "The question of whether we are in a second wave or whether it's coming — I think it does not serve any particular purpose... We need to keep an eye on the infection rate and how well we can deal with the current infection", Spahn told reporters.

      The minister, who spoke at a hastily organised news conference, said the Robert Koch Institute for diseases control reported more than a 1,000 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily increase since May. Overall, Germany has 213,067 confirmed cases.

      Spahn said the spike in infections was partially due to more testing but returning holidaymakers and lack of social distancing discipline were also to blame. He urged Germans to continue wearing masks, adding a second lockdown was not "the main focus."

    • 12:10

      Volunteers Taking Part in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials at Russia's Vector Feel Fine, Watchdog Says

      "All the volunteers who have received the EpiVacCorona vaccine are feeling fine. No complications and complaints have been recorded", Rospotrebnadzor said.

      As of Thursday, four volunteers have received the vaccine, the fifth one will be vaccinated on Saturday, and the next nine volunteers will be vaccinated three days later, the watchdog added.

      Forty-three out of the 86 volunteers will receive a placebo during the second phase of the clinical trials, Rospotrebnadzor said.

    • 11:44

      Rwanda Uses Robots to Protect Doctors Working With COVID-19 Patients, Health Minister Says

      "We have some health personnel who have been infected with COVID-19. I think there are less than 10 because we deployed all the PPE [personal protective equipment] measures and different measures were taken to avoid that health personnel be contaminated with this disease. We also use robots to reduce contact of health personnel with patients, those robots are helping us to collect some information, temperature and other information, treatment standards. So, basically we do not have a big issue of health personnel affected by COVID-19 so far", Ngamije said at a press conference.

    • 11:21

      Los Angeles Mayor Orders Shut Off of Utilities to Crack Down on House Parties

      The Los Angeles city skyline

      Los Angeles Mayor Orders Shut Off of Utilities to Crack Down on House Parties

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has warned that houses hosting large parties in breach of coronavirus restrictions will have electricity and water cut off.
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    • 11:13

      Russian Scientists Find New Way to Treat COVID-19

      A view shows a construction site of a temporary hospital for patients with coronavirus at Congress and Exhibition Center Sokolniki, in Moscow, Russia

      Russian Scientists Find New Way to Treat COVID-19

      Researchers at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI have created an LED installation to safely treat serious diseases, including COVID-19, the university’s press service said.
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    • 09:57

      Daily Increase of COVID-19 Cases in South Korea Bounces Back to Over 40, Reports Suggest

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of new cases of the coronavirus cases per day in South Korea has bounced back to over 40 for the first time since July 29, the country's Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, citing the Health Ministry's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

      According to the news agency, South Korea has recorded 43 new infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the country's tally to 14,499. Out of these 43, a record 23 cases resulted from internal transmission and outnumbered those that were imported for the first time in 13 days.

      Outbreaks of the virus have been located at churches, offices and restaurants, the health authorities said, adding that another had emerged at the Islamic festival in the city of Cheongju, affecting over 330 people.

      The news agency also reported that the total number of imported cases in the country had increased to 2,520, with 20 of them being confirmed over the past day.

      Meanwhile, the country's death toll stands at 302, with no new fatalities being reported over the past 24 hours, and 13,501 COVID-19 patients have been cured of the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.

    • 08:02

      Domestically-Produced Indian COVID Vaccine Found Safe in First Stage Trial

      Zydus Cadilla is beginning phase 2 trial of the vaccine. The Health Ministry said that the total number of cases in the country has crossed the 1.96 million mark, with over 56,000 fresh cases in 24 hours.

    • 07:00

      Antibodies to COVID-19 Grant Long-Term Protection, Icelandic Study Says

      A French doctor, wearing a protective suit and a face mask, holds a test tube

      Antibodies to COVID-19 Grant Long-Term Protection, Icelandic Study Says

      A study conducted by the Icelandic research company Decode Genetics found that older people generally carry more antibodies than younger people – and men more than women.
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    • 05:35

      Lufthansa Reports Net Loss of 1.5 Billion Euros in Q2 as Pandemic Paralyses Aviation Industry

      Lufthansa cargo

      Lufthansa Reports Net Loss of 1.5 Billion Euros in Q2 as Pandemic Paralyses Aviation Industry

      The German carrier has been severely hit by the pandemic, with media suggesting it might declare bankruptcy several months ago. In June, however, the European Commission approved a move by the German government to bail out the company for 6 billion euros amid the crisis.
      Read more
    • 04:58

      China Registers 37 New COVID-19 Cases, 20 Asymptomatic Carriers Over Past Day

    • 04:45

      Turkish Health Ministry Dismisses Reports About Coronavirus Outbreak at Country's Resorts

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - The Turkish Health Ministry has not recorded an increase in new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country's resort regions, a ministry spokesman told Sputnik.

      "There is no outbreak of coronavirus in resort areas, there are no problems there. We are recording an increase in the number of cases in large cities - Ankara, Istanbul, Konya, Diyarbakir, and Gaziantep", the spokesman said.

      Earlier, an outbreak of COVID-19 at Turkish resorts was reported by the Russian media, which cited a statement by Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, who said new coronavirus cases across the country as a whole were increasing. Koca on Tuesday said the number of registered cases in Turkey had increased by 1,083 over the past 24 hours, with 18 deaths. A day earlier, he said 995 cases and 19 deaths had been registered.

    • 04:39

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in India Rises by 56,282 to Over 1.96 Mln

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – India has confirmed 56,282 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of those infected now at 1,964,536, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.

      The death toll from the disease has reached 40,699, with 904 new fatalities recorded over the past day. More than 1.3 million people have recovered in India since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, India registered 52,509 new coronavirus cases and 857 fatalities.

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